The Distribution of Teacher Quality and Implications for Policy

Posted: 1 Sep 2012

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Eric A. Hanushek

Stanford University - Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Steven G. Rivkin

Amherst College - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: July 2012

Abstract

It has become commonplace to measure teacher quality in terms of teacher value-added. Operationally, this means evaluating teachers according to the learning gains of students on various achievement tests. Existing research consistently shows large variations in teacher effectiveness, much of which is within schools as opposed to between schools. The policy implications of these variations are dramatic. But the underlying statistical modeling has become the subject of intense research, in part because of this direct use of value-added measures in policy discussions.

Suggested Citation

Hanushek, Eric A. and Rivkin, Steven G., The Distribution of Teacher Quality and Implications for Policy (July 2012). Annual Review of Economics, Vol. 4, pp. 131-157, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2139257 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-economics-080511-111001

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